2023 is the year of the vacation: more people are traveling by air than ever before, jetting off to exotic locales and visiting their families. If you’re packing your bags too, there’s a lot to think about, like where you want to go and what fun attractions you’ll visit while there. However, something you might not be considering is how to care for your skin while you’re on the go so that you can look your very best in your vacation photos.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to nourish your skin without breaking the bank or toting around a whole suitcase of beauty products. Today, we’ll discuss some of the most essential elements of skincare while traveling so that you’ll be perfectly put together no matter where you go.
Keep Your Skincare Routine Intact
While travel means expanding your boundaries and exploring new things, you should stick to some basic routines, including your skincare routine so that your skin doesn’t start to break out from the stresses of travel.
Make sure that you pack everything you use ordinarily if at all possible; put it in your checked luggage so that you don’t need to worry about TSA guidelines. If you know you’ll be whisked away as soon as you arrive, or you’re trying to travel light, be sure to follow the 3-1-1 liquids rule from the Transportation Security Administration so that you don’t have to throw out expensive moisturizers and creams.
Avoid Hotel Skincare Products
We all love a freebie, and many people look forward to grabbing the oh-so-cute tiny bottles of hand soap or face moisturizer when they’re checking into a nice hotel. However, this can easily irritate your skin, especially as they are often made with low-quality ingredients. Instead, bring your own products from home so that you know they won’t irritate your skin.
Don’t Use a Number of New Products at Once
For many beauty junkies, one of the draws of traveling is checking out new products that might not be available at home. Maybe you’re flying to Seoul and want to buy some world-famous Korean skincare tinctures, or perhaps you want to give locally-made soaps and scrubs a try.
Great as it is to expand your horizons, don’t immediately try a bunch of new products all at the same time, especially if you have sensitive skin. Consider trying only one or two of them while you’re traveling, leaving further experimentation for when you’re at home.
Don’t Skimp on Cleansing
Fun as travel is, it also exposes your skin to a number of pollutants and airborne particles that can lead to a dull, dirty look. It’s essential that you wash off the dirt and detritus with a high-quality face cleanser at least twice a day, both in the morning and evening.
You might also consider packing some in a travel bottle so that you can wash up at the airport or right when you get to your hotel, just to ensure you’ve cleared away any built-up detritus.
Match Your Beauty Products Not Just to Your Skin Type, but to Your Destination
Firstly, it’s vital that you know your skin type so that you can pack products that are suitable for where you’re visiting. While you can’t always predict the way that your skin may respond to certain environments, you should focus on humidity, sun levels, and temperature when determining what you might need when you’re there.
Think about how your skin behaves during similar temperatures and light levels at home. For example, if you’re heading off to see the Northern Lights sparkling over Sweden, you should look up what the weather will be like there and think about what products you use when it’s a similar temperature and humidity level at home. Does your skin tend to get chapped during the winter at home? Pack emollients so keep it nice and nourished.
It’s very easy to get dehydrated while traveling because you’re on the go all the time, but this can spell trouble for your skin. Every part of your body needs water, but your skin is very porous and loses moisture very easily.
No matter where you are, aim to drink half your body weight in ounces every single day; you might find it helpful to set an alarm on your phone or watch to remind you to drink water at least once an hour. And yes, though it means you’ll need more bathroom breaks, it’s worth it to look beautiful! The Leaning Tower of Pisa will still be there when you get back.
Much as your brain loves new experiences, your body thrives on routine – and this goes for your skin, too. Aim to be as consistent as possible with your skincare routine, clean your skin regularly, and drink as much water as you can so that you look stunning leaning over the prow of an Ibiza ferry or smiling in front of a Japanese castle. Your body will thank you, and your pictures will look amazing!